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Meet a handful of Max Muscle customers who are at the top of their games thanks to their hard work, dedication to training and key Max Muscle supplements.
Wendi Russo, 44, of Eden Prairie,
Minnesota is a television host on the Shop NBC Home Shopping channel that specializes in fashion, jewelry and beauty. She competes in pageants and was crowned Mrs. Minnesota United States in 2010, and she recently placed first runner up at the nationals United States pageant in Las Vegas. A working wife and the mother of a 6-year-old daughter, Wendi spends much of her free time volunteering with the children’s charities Make-aWish Foundation and Kinship of Greater Minneapolis as a speaker, mentor and advocate. She is also working with Love 146 as the head of the Minnesota Task Force to help eliminate child sex trafficking “I love bucking the common belief that women over 40 around the world. Her next competition will cannot compete in beauty pageants against women in be Mrs. Galaxy International, to be held in their 20s and 30s.” – Wendi Russo, 44 Illinois on August 5 and 6. Wendi found out about Max Muscle through Paul Sonnenburg (franchisee of two stores in Minnesota) who judged a fitness and bikini What is your mantra? The price of success is hard work, competition with her. “He helped me to realize I needed to dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that add more protein to my diet,” she said. whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves When asked about his thoughts on Wendi, Paul said, “She to the task at hand. is the ultimate high-energy person. She makes everyone What is your advice to others who want to “be” like you? around her feel motivated to do something positive for others Be focused on your goals and start taking steps towards and for themselves.” your vision, eventually you will find yourself looking back at Here is some more insight into this blonde beauty from your “vision board” and realizing you achieved your previous Minnesota: goal! What were you like growing up? I was in honor classes What motivates you? The desire to be the best I can be and in high school and was involved in a lot of extracurricular of course to beat the odds and win! activities, but I wasn't coordinated in sports. In school I was What are your goals? I have a dream of owning my own talkative so I was voted Most Outgoing and Class Clown. business, writing a best-selling book, becoming a millionaire, What supplements do you take? Glutamine, Max LiquiCarn, living in California closer to the beach and I would love to buy calcium, a women’s multivitamin, High 5 and Omega 3 my husband a Ferrari one day!
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VelloRe CaballeRo, 34, of Denver, Colorado is
GaRy ChampaGne, 27, of Tiburon, California is not only the proud owner of Champagne Fitness – a company a passionate contender competing in mixed martial arts he founded before graduating from UC Berkeley in 2006 (MMA) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). After a few tough – but he is also a champion rower who has been invited fights, Vellore began to get discouraged. Then he found to train for the 2012 Summer Olympic his local Max Muscle store and things Games in London. began to change for the better. Gary attributes much of his success In only six months of working with as a muscular endurance athlete to being Bryan Cash and Gary Connell at Max an avid user of Max Muscle products for Muscle Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree and several years now. His pre-race nutrition following the proper nutrition regimen includes two scoops of Full Blown Extreme they set up for him, which included along with 5 grams of creatine. Post race, MaxPro, ARM, Xtinguisher and Pro he takes 40 grams of Iso-Extreme along BCAAs, Vellore was able to medal at two with 5 grams of GlutaMatrix. of the largest BJJ tournaments in the Gary is as dedicated to his nutrition as world. And in his first MMA fight since he is to his training, and it shows. This working with Max Muscle, Vellore was past April, he was part of an eight-man able to get the “KO” in dramatic fashion. shell that won a gold medal and the He said he attributes these wins to the “Wells Fargo Cup” at the San Diego Crew confidence he feels from knowing he’s Classic, which was televised on ESPNU. got all the right fuel going in. “It affects He and his team set a course record the training, which affects the outcome,” for that event. “Gary’s commitment and he explained. dedication to fitness and nutrition is When asked to share his thoughts unparalleled by anyone else I have ever on Vellore, Bryan said, “Vellore is a Vellore Caballero’s favorite mantra is met,” said David Mulligan, who owns tremendous athlete and instructor. He ‘Remember that great love and great the Max Muscle in San Rafael, California, knows what it takes to be a champion on achievements involve great risk.’ where Gary shops. the mat in the octagon and in life. He’s a We asked Gary some important quesgreat person to have in your corner.” tions and here is what he had to say: Here is a deeper look into this fighting champion who What motivates you? As narcissistic as it sounds, I have to also is an instructor at the Easton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, admit I feed off of my own success and accomplishments, Littleton/Highlands Ranch location. whether they are beating another rowing team by several What has been your greatest challenge and how did you seconds or out-lifting myself by a few reps from the overcome it? Myself. I know it’s cliche, but I went through previous year. a period of time where I was my worst enemy. I would What has been your greatest challenge and how did you psyche myself out before and during the competition. overcome it? My greatest challenge was without a doubt This made me perform below my level and lose fights I making the U.S. national team in 2001 and then again in believe I should have won. I realized that it was the lack 2002. The workouts were by far the hardest thing I have ever of confidence that I had in my overall training that was done. Having to wake up at 4:45 a.m. and have your heart causing the lack of confidence, so I plugged the leaks. I rate at 190 beats a minute by 5:30 in worked on my cardio to the point that I the rigid cold and pitch black was a true KNEW without a shadow of a doubt that test to our audacity and commitment to I had three hard rounds in me. I got with the sport. Max Muscle Highlands Ranch/Lone Favorite workout? For rowing, it would Tree and got my diet and supplement have to be the rowing machine 2000 regiment together. And I did some meter Ergometer test. It is 6 minutes mental training. The combined effects of intense cardiovascular and muscular have been amazing! endurance pain. For land, nothing What motivates you? My students. I competes to the feeling of a good chest compete now for the experience so workout with dumbbells paired up with I can share it with the students. I love some good skull crushers to finish it to teach/coach and it is definitely my off. passion! What do you like most about What do you like most about winning? competing? The least? As Charlie When I win, I get to thank the people Sheen would say, Duh! Winning. There who make it possible for me, such as is nothing more gratifying than winning sponsors and mentors. a 6-minute race after months of grueling What is your advice to others who hours of practice. The thing I like least want to “be” like you? Find the best is surely the injuries that come with place to train that you can and spend as a training cycle as intense as rowing much time there as possible. Practice, Gary Champagne (right) attributes much of his success as a muscular endurance athlete to training. MS&F practice, practice. He who does it most, being an avid user of Max Muscle products. does it best!
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